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Unholy Coupling: Maxim and SPCS

Tue, 06 July 2004

Unholy Coupling: Maxim and SPCS

Media Release – Young Labour Tuesday 6 July 2004

In their hilarious response to Young Labour's identification of a ludicrous mistake in Maxim's recent bulletin (which argued that a lack of complaints to the Human Rights Commission meant that the law contained no discrimination that mattered), the "Society for the Promotion of Community Standards" have publicly identified their link with the Maxim Institute.

They state (6 July 2004, "Response to Young Labour President"):

"The Maxim Real Issues Report was based on a response from the Human Rights Commission to an Official Information Request, lodged by the Society, and supplied to Maxim and many other organisations."

"Thanks very much for publicly confirming what many of us had thought," says Michael Wood, Young Labour President.

"SPCS's incoherent blathering and call for my resignation have accidentally exposed a truth that should be widely known.

"There is an unholy alliance developing among the extremist and deeply conservative right wing in New Zealand. Maxim and SPCS are but one example.

"Look at the Destiny Church's precious attempts to mobilise people against human rights. Look at the views of some National Party MPs, like Brian Connell," Michael Wood says.

"This alliance of fringe groups is desperate to legislate for its so-called 'moral' values in defiance of broad community support for equality for all. It is dedicated to opposing – for nonsensical, homophobic and bigoted reasons – the extension of full civil rights to all loving couples.

"As the Campaign for Civil Unions states so clearly, love doesn't discriminate, and neither should the law," Michael Wood says.

"It's clear that this week, the Society for the 'Promotion' [sic] of Community Standards gets Wally of the Week – and it's only Tuesday!" Michael Wood says.


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